This is February 2021

Hi there, I found February to be a weird month. It rained for thirteen days with heavy rain at the end of the month filling dams and water tanks for the coming Winter. The rest of the time it was hot and humid so I have limited a lot of photos and might use as separate posts later.

The good news is at the end of the month the doctors looked at my latest EEG, this time I was tested for three hours. Well by tested I mean sleep for two and three-quarters of the three hours of the testing. So after almost eight months of not being allowed to drive, I have my drivers licence back with the only condition that I am not allowed to drive between sunset and sunrise. I better have a swag in the back of the ute just in case I’m heading home late from shopping!!!

Anyway, on with the bits and pieces I found in February. I found The Lumineers from a free CD that comes with a music magazine I get. Have a listen while you scroll

It’s morning already. Through the lifting fog, the morning sun kisses the tops of the eucalypts across the valley

High in the dead branches an Old Mans Beard, Tillandsia usneoides which is from Florida but it doesn’t grow meters long like the ones in the swamps, sway in the gentle morning breeze

The farm next door to my besties usually leave the paddock next to her fence as a last minute fattening paddock. They open the gate and the cattle run in to savour the sweet grass or like the bull does, make sue that everyone knows that this is his place.

Meanwhile atop the hillock, a cow wonders what all the fuss is down below while snacking on the long juicy grass.

Willie Wagtails use anything for a vantage spot; not even a sleeping cow is shown any dignity!

One of the downsides of growing grass for cattle to eat is that a lot of small seed eaters come in to feed in the mornings and afternoons. Wrens, Finches, Cisticolas and Chestnut-breasted Mannikins. It’s lucky that there is a lot of grasses along the road verges and fence lines so there is plenty to eat for everyone.
This Chestnut-breasted Mannikin contemplates whether the seed head over there will be tastier than the one he’s sitting on.

The Willie Wagtail chicks are out of the nest but still as demanding as ever.

The Scaly-breasted Lorikeets come in for a breakfast of Mistletoe flowers and seeds. I love how they land on the branch on walk down head first, sampling food along the way. These Mistletoe hang down almost two meters from the tree branch. You can see the difference in the leaves. The Eucalypt on the right and Mistletoe on left, both have sickle leaf shapes.

In the garden, A Lewins Honeyeater and a Yellow Grevillea.

When out on a drive before I was allowed to, there was a Black Swan pair are setting up on a dam not far from my place. Now I can drive, I can go and see how they are going and hope they hung around. The property doesn’t have much vegetation and cattle. You can see the edge of the dam in the background.

While out on the drive, at the Raspberry Lookout while I was taking photos, a Wedged-tailed Eagle was watching me

After finding a safe spot to stop on a narrow road, I took the photo of the White-bellied Sea Eagle through the open car window. He was on the far side of the Nymboida River so I was amazed that I managed to get a photo on full telephoto without a tripod.

We went down to Ballina with some friends and on the entrance to the North Wall, a break-wall where the Richmond River meets the sea, on the Marine Rescues radio tower, an Osprey was having his lunch of fish. The young Osprey was sitting nearby and must have been fed as it was asleep.

Late afternoon, low light I came across a juvenile Black-necked Stork doing it’s stretches in preparation for take off from the intermittent wetlands on a farm, again not vegetation in or around the wetland. The next time I had to go to town, the Storks were gone so practice pays off.

While the youngster was flapping about, not far away one of the Black-necked Stork parents was keeping watch.

OK we are heading into the bugs. Nothing to be concerned about in this lot I can assure you. See, first off is the egg casing for Praying Mantis. I must go and try and find it to see if it’s still there.

This Dragonfly almost looks like a helicopter. Such beautiful markings and colours no wonder it is called an Australian Tiger.

A Blue Skimmer found his favourite stick. I was watching for a minute and noticed he would always come back to this stick after a bit of a fly around the river bank. Made for getting a good photo of his wings.

The Lemon Migrants have hung around my place and some are still here.

I have some old chook watering and feed bits and pieces I use when I want to give the birds a snack. I went down that way and noticed a weevil deciding he’d had enough grain for the moment and was off.

Another butterfly that has been around is a Common Albatross Butterfly. They are quite quick and don’t land for long.

The Blue-banded Bees are still hard at gathering pollen. This Salvia is a favourite. Blue-banded Bees are solitary bees and make their nest on the ground.

This year, the lovely pink flowers of the Crepe Myrtle looked stunning

The Cassia flowers are the main attraction for the Lemon Migrant Butterflies. I tried to get butterflies and flowers but the butterflies seem to disappear when the shutter button is pushed. Perhaps there is a lot of Lemon Migrants in there somewhere.

This Native Plant grows grows throughout the place. This is the first time one has grown in a garden bed.

The rain had sparked up the Hibiscus. The Miniature Red looks a treat covered in small red flowers…..

…..and there are many more on the way.

The red Salvia has so many flowers

Last month, the Ivory Curl flowers were just in the almost open stage. Now the Ivory Curl Bush is full of scented flowers and full of all manner if insects. Here a bee burrows down inside to get his pollen while the plant “paints” the bee with pollen from each of the tiny paint brushes.

Foxgloves, old and new, with water drops.

One of the weirdness of some Callistemon trees is the flowers come straight from the old growth branch. Here is a three stage of flower development in the one photo.

The tangerine flowers are stunning

The Champagne Pink Callistemon with yellow tips is so lovely.

The Roses are looking so good

I love the explosive effect you can get photographing Eucalypt flowers

A Lomandra flower and seed spear live up to their common name Spiky Club Rush, a waters edge plant that happily lives in garden and makes great borders.

Speaking of spiky, when out driving there always someone who says slow down, I’m sun-baking here mate. I had to get out of the car and almost touch the Bearded Dragon to get him to move off the road and find a safer spot to catch some rays.

I thought I would save the Yellow Paper Daisies so you could have a rest. I found these at the Raspberry Lookout. I had to clamber down the slope to get the photos. This is what I was concentrating on when the Wedge-tailed Eagle was watching me.

The rain and hot days have bought out some fungi. These dome shaped ones were found in a few places.

Some little ones were pushing from the soil and bark.

Instead of the usual sunset photo to finish off, here is a Green Tree Frog just sitting on the glass door. I guess hanging on with your chin helps.

Thanks for hanging around with me for a while. Hope you can come back next month too.

This post is linked to – Su’s Changing Seasons February 2021
Cee’s CMMC: Close up or Macro
Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge: Beautiful

FOTD – March 3 – Golden Lycra

Cee’s Flower of the Day

I was talking to Jude about the flower Golden Lycra and I made another promise to her to show her some of the blooms that are flowering at the moment, scattered throughout the garden. There are another memory of Geoff who lived down the road. He had a bank at the rear of his place that every year was a sight to behold. He was always thinning out that garden bed, that’s why I have quite a number of flowering plants.

They are quite interesting as all through late winter until mid January I was watering the strap like leaves. Then abruptly the leaves die off and the flower stalks seem to magically appear soon followed bu magnificent flowers.

Golden Lycra’s in the Autumn sun before a big storm.

Come to Durranbah for a minute or two

Lens-Artist Challenge #135: Glimpse Into Your World

This will be a few images of my world, not much to say. I guess I should thank everyone for pushing me to do a post. The choices of photos is too large to contemplate so how about I just do a small selection of photos from around my place.

It is a beautiful world

The sealed section for those who dislike the “scary” nature I have here is following

Look away now

Yes you….do it or don’t tell me I didn’t warn you but you really can look at spiders and snakes and ants. I promise they won’t leap from the screen. Anyway they are in small size to make your viewing more comfortable.

This is January 2021

January has been a quiet month for me but then again a lot of the photos I have posted I didn’t include again. The rain was here for most of the month thank goodness and that had made the grass as well as the flowers and plants in the garden have a lovely season. No there aren’t any Hibiscus in this post, you’ll have to go back a day or so to see those flowers.

I don’t think this is a post that will need a snack or drink but do sit back and enjoy. Here’s another bit of Aussie music to listen as you scroll through my January.

I am going to start with some of the insects who have popped into the garden to check out the flowers

I love this red dragonfly so I had to put it in again 🙂

These two were intent on making more Dragonflies

I thought I had found a new butterfly. It is very similar to a Black Jezebel but the markings are a bit different. I may have to ask an entomologist. Not the best photo but it just didn’t sit still long enough.

The Orchard Swallowtails, one of the biggest butterflies, have been cruising the garden.

I found a small Line Blue Butterfly looking at me. It is sitting on the tip of a Frangipanni leaf.

There was a lot of these Shield Bugs on a bush lemon tree and they really let me know not to get too close

Looking at my little Curry Leaf Tree with its fruits from the top down.

The Lolly Bush has had the most amazing flowering. I have seen the white flowers but this is the first time I have seen the bush do this. I was just walking down the paddock and saw the bright red balls everywhere.

A bit of a closer view

The Tea Trees have had such a wonderful flowering as well. The bees are quite content.

I didn’t go walking in the bush that much in January, too wet and hot, so I didn’t find many fungi. This tiny one was in the garden. Yes there are still some remnants from the fire twelve months ago

I did find some lovely soft mosses.

The Frangipannis looked wonderful this year.

The Ivory Curl flower bud? showed with it’s intricate curly bits which open out to make the full flower. It is endemic to Australia and is from the Proteaceae family.

The wonderful Double Delight Rose from my besties garden.

A Peaceful Dove getting the morning sun

A Yellow-faced Honeyeater drying off in the sun after a quick dip in the birdbath

The Blue-faced Honeyeater on the unfurled palm frond looking a bit worried

You have all seen Tiny, the King Parrot who likes to hang around my place. This is one of his young from last year who is morphing into his male feathers. They come back to the garden every now and then too.

This is the young one from this years hatching.

Yes they do actually hang about my place and sometimes get a bit close. My daughter was on the verandah talking to Tiny when there were six King Parrots on the verandah rail. By the time I came back with my camera, two had flown off. The two at the far end are a couple. Tiny is on the left where you can see her hand and Tiny is not sure whether to go closer.

One morning I was in the kitchen getting breakfast and looking out of the window I wondered who frightened the plants on the front verandah.

OK, time’s up. The sun is setting over the hill. I love these trees. Can you see them in the next photo?

Here is the full sky one evening.

Hope you enjoyed a look at my January 2021. Did you have a favourite photo?
Also for Su’s Changing Seasons

Summer splashes brighten

This past twelve months since the horrid fires here, everything is coming back with vengeance. Grasses are growing faster than I can do anything. Had to walk down the hill from the house and across country and that grass I had to wade through as it was waist deep!!

Even the garden has not looked this good in quite a few years. Almost two and a half years of drought, the fires and then floods have made everything seem to grow much better. Maybe a few garden photos in a later post as this one, as the title suggests is about the Hibiscus in the garden. Suddenly all the Hibiscus have had flowers and everywhere you look there are splashes of colour. It really is a bonanza for the eyes.

Here is the lovely flowers from the few Hibiscus growing. I have tended to take cuttings of my own plants so there are a few of the same colour hence there’s not lots of different ones like we find at Judy’s in Mexico.

This is the first Hibiscus planted in the old garden. A cutting from my favourite flower that grew at the house I grew up and always remember it in the backyard. This is the biggest flower in the garden.

The lovely bud of an orange flower

Another flower from the same bush. The newer flowers have more of the pink blush.

The bud of a double frilly pink flower

I think these flowers are organised chaos

A while ago I posted for Sunshine’s Macro Monday (Irene has restarted the challenge) about the deception of the bud to the flower in one of the Hibiscus bushes. Here is a bud just starting to open.

This the flower. Another frilly pink double but a deeper colour

The Miniature Red Hibiscus flowers have appeared a few times in my posts over the years. The deep red is so hard to get in a photo no matter what time of day, settings etc. The red is easy to get when it’s a bud, so you’ll have to imagine that red colour on the following flower.

See!!! I have taken this flower with the sun in different spots, cloudy, in shade.

Also for Cee’s FOTD
and sneak in for CMMC too

Last on the Card January 2021

I can’t believe a year has gone by of last on the card or last photo as the first one was called in January 2020. I was surprised that there was twenty-six posts. Thanks for the support and enjoying a bit of fun with our photos and have a chance not to be serious.

The rules are simple:
1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st January.
2. No editing – who cares if it is out of focus, not framed as you would like or the subject matter didn’t cooperate.
3. You don’t have to have any explanations, just the photo will do
4. Create a Pingback to this post or link in the comments
5. Tag “The Last Photo”

Here’s mine

From my Samsung Galaxy S9

From my Canon PowerShot A1200

From my Canon PowerShot SX70HS